Year Level Description
Students explore art forms while communicating their ideas, observations and feelings. At this level they make and create two and three-dimensional artworks and further develop their understanding of the art elements of line, shape, tone, space, texture, colour and form, while exploring the principles of contrast, repetition, symmetry and balance. They gain further understanding of art concepts such as movement, balance and proportion. Students begin to apply a selection of art elements to represent their ideas and describe shapes through viewing images from close up, far away, underneath and above.
The program also provides opportunities to experiment with ideas and forms inspired from artworks of other cultures through the use of a broad range of art materials, tools, techniques and processes. Students study traditional techniques of craft and artworks in order to create a final piece of artwork. They further communicate their intentions and choices and use of techniques as part of a final presentation. There is an emphasis on developing art terminology from their own or other cultures in order to describe key features. All students actively participate in collaborative projects both within their year level and across the campus.
Two-dimensional Art Practice
Drawing — students focus on the main elements of line, shape and pattern and use these concepts to develop texture and movement in their work. They use repetitive line that changes size and direction and provides contrast in an artwork. They explore the use of colour and line to develop emotive qualities in their work and experiment with the varying mediums available such as the softness of soft pastels and the painterly effects of oil pastels to create shading and depth. Student’s explore perspective and horizon lines and create works that contain story telling elements and meaning in the content. The use of IT as a drawing tool further extends the drawing possibilities.
Printmaking — students explore the use of resist and rubbing techniques. They experiment with other mediums that complement printmaking and learn about the elements of tone, colour and texture.
Three-dimensional Art Practice
Ceramics — students have the opportunity to work with clay in an exploratory sense and focus on specific joining techniques. They experiment with creating coils as a building method and use this across their ceramic work. They use coils to develop a functional bowl and experience applying glazes and underglazes to their work.
By the end of the year students are expected to:
- understand and use lines, shapes and colour to create visual movement;
- identify, create and use complementary colours;
- understand that colour can be symbolic;
- understand that this is historically and culturally determined;
- understand that tone creates the illusion of three-dimensional form in drawing;
- use value to describe a light source;
- use various types of lighting effects in artwork: daylight, night-time, sunset;
- understand and use more complex joining techniques in coil and slab building using clay;
- understand that a variety of iPad applications can be used in combination to create artwork.